Shane M. Swartz

Shane M. Swartz

Shane M. Swartz, 43, of Richfield, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Swatara Township, Dauphin County.

Born on Nov. 15, 1972, in Mahoning Township, Montour County, he was the son of Ronald W. and Diane M. (Lauver) Swartz, of Richfield.

He is survived by a daughter, Kalista M. Swartz, currently attending Lock Haven University; wife, Sheri L. (Hoyt) Swartz, of Grants Pass, Ore.; maternal grandmother, Thelma Lauver and paternal grandmother, Jean Swartz, both of Richfield.

Two grandfathers, Clair K. Lauver and Warren Swartz; and his uncle, Craig A. Lauver, preceded him in death.

Shane was a 1990 graduate of East Juniata High School and the Mifflin-Juniata Area Vo-Tech, where he studied auto body repair. After high school, Shane attended WTTI welding technical school in Selinsgrove where he became a certified welder.

Shane loved hunting, welding, logging, music, fast cars, traveling and the great outdoors. He enjoyed owning several wolves and went on a mission trip, deep in the jungle, to help the Bribri Tribe, who are the indigenous people of Costa Rica. There he used his welding skills to fabricate a very large gate to secure the mission compound. But most of all in life, he loved his daughter, who he said, “was the greatest joy in life and the best thing he ever did.”  Kalista loved her dad and is broken-hearted at his passing.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at the Richfield United Methodist Church, 82 Church St., Richfield, with Pastor Kenneth Brown officiating. Interment will be private.

There will be no viewing; however, the family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Light refreshments will be served across the road at the Richfield United Methodist Parish House immediately following the service.

For those that wish, memorial donations in Shane’s memory can be made to The Do Something More Ministry, c/o Richfield United Methodist Church, 82 Church St., Richfield, PA  17082.

The Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

For online tributes and condolences, please visit www.brownfuneral